Honoring Natural New Year's Resolutions: Home Made Bath Scrub


With New Year’s resolutions sometimes come a sense of failure. By mid-January, you have two donuts instead of one. You can’t believe she did that! You could’ve made a better choice.

Don’t torture yourself! You can make easier, less abusive, and more beneficial resolutions that will bear better results for you and the planet! What if resolutions went like this:

I vow to care for the environment I live in.
I vow to use healthful commodities for both beautification of self and cleanliness of the earth.
I vow to take the time to realize there are accessible, environmental, and sustainable methods to make otherwise harmful on the environment, creams, scrubs, etc.
So, therefore, I vow to use these methods and make a little sacrifice, so I feel better and Mother Earth can too.

Sometimes “environmental” resolutions seem to be too vast or to consume too much time, so to continue our normal routine is easier. So I decided to make something eco friendly, good for my skin, and DIM (Do It Myself!).

One of the first ideas I had was to make some sort of scrub using sustainable, biodegradable materials. I visited the Strand Bookstore (which all lit nuts would love!) to find some sort of “cookbook” that would tell me how I could make scrubs.

I scored a delicious read: “Home Enlightenment” by Annie Bond. I realized soon after that I had found the absolute eco-chic bible. I could now read on how to re-decorate and make all sorts of household commodities that mother earth would love. I found, in the section titled “Bathrooms,” several instructions on how to make bath scrubs, creams, and butters.

I selected the Sea Salt Skin Scrub, and what an awesome choice! Here are the instructions:

-2 cups fine sea salt
– 4 cups grapeseed, apricot, or almond oil (this is about four of the little bottles), -up to ten drops of essential oil of choice (I chose Peppermint)

Mix all ingredients together in a glass jar. The salt will settle on the bottom and the oils rise. Use in the shower with either bristle brush or hand!

It took me ten minutes to find all the materials at Whole Foods, which I recommend for all sustainable eco-concious commodities and organic food. It took me five minutes to make it! I have used it for several afternoons now, and love, love, love it.

Realize that this is a new chance to become a true eco-chick: true to self and true to the environment. Make it essential to be conscious of the world and the environment around us. Don’t be too cool to care about mother nature and make it a resolution to take better care of this beautiful world.

Haley Sherif holds a B.F.A. in creative nonfiction writing from Emerson College. Born & raised in Manhattan, she's currently living in Brooklyn pursuing her dream to write. As an eager fourteen year old she originally joined the Eco-Chick team as an intern, several years later she's happy to be back. Her writing and design projects can be found on her personal site, haleykamilla.com, as well as on The Culture-ist and later and in Perversion's June, 2016 issue.